Pullman Porter Museum

(FILE) A Pullman porter and a passenger board a train. Undated. (A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum)

February 21, 2012 10:11:36 AM PST
As ABC7 continues to Black history month, we take the time to highlight the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum.

The museum, located in the Pullman community, is a monument to the history of the Black union movement and to African American History. It's the only Museum of its kind worldwide. Founder, Dr. Lyn Hughes is here to tell us more about the museum's history, and to show us some artifacts that you will find at the museum. Learn about them at http://www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org/

"Gentle Warrior Awards Banquet"
Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6pm-10pm
Grand Marmon, 2230 S. Michigan Ave

Tickets: $100


Dr. Lyn Hughes a native of Cincinnati Ohio, earned her master's from Spertus College, and earned her doctorate from Northern Illinois.

University College of Education, with a focus on Cultural Policy and Cultural Economic Development. She is the founder and President Emeritus of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter museum, the first Black Labor history museum in the U.S. Dr. Hughes is also author of An Anthology of Respect.

For 20 years, her work has been that of cultural economic development, that falls under the broader umbrella of Tourism. For the past 17 years Dr Hughes has worked to bring recognition to Black labor history in this country that until recently was narrowly focused on that of Railroad labor history. Her expertise that began gradually, has grown in both volume and renowned through serving as a consultant on numerous documentary films and books published by other. She served as a consultant on the 2003 original SHOWTIME docudrama 10,000 Black Men Named George, Directed by Robert Townsend. In 2008 the publishing her work in that of, the National Registry of African American Railroad employees. In 2008 Dr. Hughes work was featured on ABC's Good Morning America.

Later this month she will formally announce, the creation of the African American Labor and Cultural Studies Research Center, which will serve as the research arm of the museum another first in Chicago.


On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the historic AP Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will celebrate its 17th anniversary with the "A Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards Banquet." The event will be held at the Grand Marmon, 2230 S. Michigan Avenue, from 6 to 10 PM. The Museum is the only cultural institution of its kind worldwide that exclusively showcases the history of A Phillip Randolph, the Pullman Porters and the Black labor union movement.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the creation of the African American Labor and Cultural Studies Research Center, which will serve as the research arm of the museum.

For more information on the Museum and for a link on where to purchase tickets to the gala celebration, log on to aprpullmanportermuseum.org

Tickets are $100


The historic AP Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will honor two leaders and advocates with the A Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards. The presentations will take place during the Museum's 17th anniversary celebration titled the "A Philip Randolph Gentle Awards Banquet." The event takes place Saturday, February 25 at the Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan Avenue from 6 to 10PM.

According to David Peterson, newly-elected president, the A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards are bestowed upon deserving African Americans who "push gently, yet forcefully, against the boundaries of conventionality with a warrior spirit, in much the same manner as A. Philip Randolph did throughout his career."

The awardees, said Peterson, reflect the spirit of the award because they have heroically worked to advance fairness and equity -- the essence of what the union represents.

This year's honorees are G. William "Billy" Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association and William McNary, President - US Action and -Director for Citizen Action/Illinois; the Illinois affiliate of US Action